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I think I have asthma

Your Question

i think i have asthma but i cant tell my mam bc the doctors would find out i vaped

Answer

Hi there and welcome to Ask Alex, 

Thanks for reaching out.  

It seems you are worried about your health, as you could have asthma, but you are not going to the doctor as they might find out you vaped. 

Ashtma is a serious condition in which your airways narrow and swell and may produce extra mucus. This can make breathing difficult and trigger coughing, a whistling sound (wheezing) when you breathe out and shortness of breath. It normally needs treatment, and this would vary depending on how severe your asthma is.  

Vaping does not help if you have a breathing condition, and you are right, your parents could be concerned you used vapes, but what comes first? Your health or keeping your parents from feeling disappointed?  

Using vapes is something you can stop from doing, but there is no such thing as stopping from being asthmatic. The earlier you check it, the better. 

You could also be honest with your parents and tell them you vaped, instead of waiting for them to find out by a third person. As a young person, it is to be expected that you will be trying out sometimes things that are not in your best interest, that you will make mistakes while you learn your way to adulthood. They might be bothered for a while with the decision you made, but they will probably want to keep you healthy and make sure your needs are covered. 

We encourage you to have that conversation, as scary as it may seem! 

You may find it helpful to talk about this more with someone here at Childline first. Feel free to come and chat with us in Childline at anytime about how you are feeling. You can use our messaging service on www.Childline.ie, by clicking the purple messaging bubble that appears on the homepage and you can call us on 1800 66 66 66. Both of these services are open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year and are completely free. We will never tell you what to do, but we will give you the space to chat openly, without any judgment. 

We hope this helps. Feel free to contact us again if you need further support. 

Take care, 

Alex 

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